No wonder Donald Trump is doing so well in the polls.
His meteoric rise has everything to do with the vast majority of Americans being fed up with political do nothingness and political correctness running amok, which he bucks.
People loved Harry Truman for speaking his mind. They love Trump for it too. He doesn't kowtow to political correctness. Trump resonates because he says what many of us feel but are too afraid to say ourselves lest we be labeled intolerant or racist or whatever phobic. For sure, it's the way those on the left have tried to control those on the right.
First let's define the term. Political correctness is "the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against."
Note: "taken to extremes."
Now for examples.
Imagine if white activists paraded around chanting "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon" as they called for the killing of black police officers. The Justice Department would rain down hell on them. But when Black Lives Matter marched at the Minnesota State Fair calling for the killing of white cops, our president didn't even denounce their inflammatory rhetoric.
Hell should have come raining down on Louis Farrakhan, who on July 30, gave a speech saying: "Retaliation is a prescription from God to calm the breaths of those whose children have been slain. So if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us. Stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling."
To clarify, Farrakhan asked 10,000 blacks to kill white cops. That goes beyond freedom of speech and deserves an arrest for sedition. Yet, most black leaders have not condemned Farrakhan's remarks, nor has Homeland Security placed him on any list of terrorists (as far as we know).
The media is a huge practitioner of political correctness, especially when it comes to coverage of the "transgendered."
I'm going to be Trump blunt: Many of these individuals are confused and encouraged by others who tell them to go with their feelings rather than seek professional help before they mutilate their bodies. Political correctness says, "That's okay, we know you are a boy and have a penis, testicles, an Adam's apple and facial hair but you go ahead and pretend you're a girl. It's alright with us. We don't want to hurt your self-esteem so we'll play along and pretend with you so you will be happy."
The media continues to refer to Bruce Jenner as Kaitlyn Jenner, as if Bruce Jenner never existed. Their reference to he as "she," (even though Bruce Jenner is in possession of his male genitalia) is really nothing more than playing into the fantasy in the head of the former Olympic athlete. Let's just be honest: Bruce Jenner will never be a female no matter how much he wears women's clothing, how far he takes reconstructive surgery or how many hormones shots he takes to feminize his male voice. Even if his male organs were removed, Bruce would still have the DNA of a male.
As the left embraces Jenner's "coming out party," the media castigated the Hillsboro, Missouri's "backward" approach to a "transgendered" youth there. A confused young man calling himself Lila Perry has been dressing as a girl, even though he is anatomically 100 percent male. (Remember, even without his male parts, he is still male). Perry looks about as convincing a female as a jock who dons a skirt and puts oranges in a bra for the evening antics of playing a powderpuff cheerleader. No, let me be Trump blunt: Perry looks creepy pretending to be female.
The town was in uproar last week because this young man wanted to continue accessing the girls' locker room as though he were female. Despite the fact that Perry is only a female in thought, the school had allowed him in the girls' shower room in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights that states students should be allowed to use facilities in accordance with their gender identification.
Local TV reporter Rocky Madden referred to Perry the entire time as "her" and "she" despite that pesky Y chromosome. Madden noted that the "transgender" student has "recently has been changing for PE class in the girls' bathroom even though she is still male physically."
News flash: Perry will always be a male.
Isn't gender solely a physical attribute? At our births, the sole indication of gender is male and female parts. How anyone can be female in thought but not body defies logic. It would be like a man convinced he is a cheetah capable of running 75 mph while having the body of a man who is only able to run 28 mph.
Maybe we need three locker rooms: One for males, one for females, and one for the psychologically confused.
Perry - whatever his real male first name is - compared his issue to the Civil Rights movement, saying "It wasn't too long ago white people sharing a bathroom with a black person and history repeats itself."
Hardly. We are talking about a pretend female using a female dressing room, not black and white males with the same anatomy sharing the same restroom.
Cara Morton is in the same gym class as Perry and said his actions made her feel uncomfortable. I get that but Perry doesn't, pulling out the old bigot card and suggesting that anyone uncomfortable is pure and simple bigoted toward him.
Imagine how any male could don a dress and wig, announce he is a woman and suddenly gain access to the ultimate peep show with naked girls!
I suspect people will call me a transphobic bigot like they do Dana Loesch because I won't redefine my definitions like "marriage." It's not transphobia; I don't fear people like Perry. I think they need help.
Now we have this bizarre classification of "transabled," which refers to some odd people - very unkind of me, for sure - who "feel" as though they should have been born disabled but weren't and they seek to change things. Chloe Jennings of Salt Lake City, for example, uses a leg brace and rides around in a wheelchair even though she does not need them. One man even had his legs amputated for no reason. Some psychologists label this the Body Integrity Identity Disorder. Why don't we just say it the way it is: There are some really weird people on the planet.
Political correctness is dangerous in that it blurs the lines between reality and falsehood. It also leads to public policies that are a disservice to the vast majority by making them readjust for the slim minority.
The PC crowd doesn't like what Trump says about illegal aliens, so they try to convince others he is against legal immigration.
Every time a tragic shooting occurs, the PC crowd calls for more gun control. It's politically incorrect to say that the solution is more guns in the hands of the law-abiding.
The politically correct say man is causing climate change. It's politically incorrect to point out that the climate changes all on its own and that updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth's polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979.
It's politically correct to bash Christians and not Muslims. My son was told by a U.C. Davis professor that if anyone was a Christian they didn't belong in his class. How about that open-mindedness on our college campuses? Last year Houston Mayor Annise Parker, a lesbian, directed the city to issue subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or the mayor herself or be held in contempt of court if they didn't comply? She earned the heat she got and later retreated but she should have been recalled for violating her oath to defend the Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech.
Think of all the things being banned these days because they are not politically correct and "offend." The list is ever-growing: white cops, the Confederate flag, the term Dixie, dead Confederate Civil War generals, NFL team names, plastic bags, the call to speak English in the USA, the word "divorce" because it might offend kids whose parents are not together, the word "birthday" because Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate it, or the Merry Christmas greeting in stores because it might make non-Christians uncomfortable.
We live in odd times, as evidenced by an experience presidential candidate Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon, relates in his new book. Carson gave a speech in which he outlined how a human brain differs from a dog's brain and one offended man told Carson: "You can't talk about dogs like that!"
Deal with it.
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